The competition is being run by sister charities Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, who recently purchased the site on the corner of Hawkhead Road and Barrhead Road. Work is to begin on the construction of a new Royal Blind care home for older people, as well as a Scottish War Blinded centre for visually impaired military veterans.
The two charities are seeking locally inspired suggestions to name the buildings, as the care home and veterans’ centre both need distinctive names which reflect the heritage of Paisley. A public ‘Name the Buildings’ competition has been launched in partnership with Paisley Central Library, where architect PagePark’s model of the new development, with information on the plans, is now on display along with a competition entry box.
The winners of the competition will receive an invitation to the grand opening event next summer, and a £25 John Lewis voucher for each centre’s name selected by the charities management team. Davina Shiell, Marketing Manager for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded said:
“We are really forward to opening our new services in Paisley. We would like to ask the community in Paisley to help us with a really important aspect of our new services – naming them! We hope your ideas and local knowledge will help us to come up with memorable and meaningful names for our two new buildings.”
The Scottish War Blinded centre will be open free of charge to local veterans of the armed forces who have a visual impairment. Veterans who have lost their sight during their service or as a result of age or medical conditions, such as macular degeneration, will be welcomed into a supportive hub of activity. The centre will host a wide range of social and sporting opportunities, as well as training and rehabilitation addressing how to adapt to life with sight loss.
Royal Blind will build a care home providing specialist nursing care to elderly people with visual impairments, based on its successful home in Edinburgh, Braeside House- which was the first of its kind in Scotland.
Local residents are encouraged to step into the Central Library to take a look at the display on the upcoming developments and pop their entry into the competition box. Alternatively, you can email your suggested name to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading ‘Paisley’ with your full name and telephone number so you can be contacted if you are a winner. The winning entries will be announced on www.royalblind.org/paisley by April.
Construction on the now vacant site is due to commence this month and the centre and home are planned to open in 2017. Around 100 jobs will be created by the charities’ expansion to Paisley.